Eaten Your Fill of Rice?  食飽飯未呀?

A vernacular Chinese greeting similar to “How are you?” or “What’s up?
What is Chinese? What is being Chinese? What is Chineseness in today’s diverse global society?
The Rice, Bowl, and Chopsticks embody the spirituality, symbolism, and mannerism of the culture.
The Chinese often use the 書畫 "Book and Painting" concept of reading the literal resonating with the visual for the contextual comprehension. Thus, uniquely Chinese ancient icons, characteristics, conventions of verbal pun, rebus, and homophone are retained and revitalized to address and express identity in contemporary art.
These on-going installation and tableau series offer a fresh perspective to the traditional Chinese allegory, literature, metaphor, and mythology in our modern discourse. Classical auspicious maxims, to folk talismans of wishes, ethics, and morals still continue to transcend time in our humane embrace.
With the raise of Chinese engagement with the world-at-large, from migration, to the diaspora, and transnational, negotiating Chineseness has gone beyond nationalities to the socio-political agenda of the day.
The focus on Rice is more than sustenance, for we consume what we inspired. Is a Bowl of Rice our elixir? Is the larger than life photograph of Rice a reflection or a prophecy? How do you nourish your inner hunger?
Do you know the Chinese, or inversely, yourself? Does it matter? Are my hopes and aspirations any different from yours?
Chinese consciousness dignifies, magnifies, and prospers in a new paradigm.
My Greetings To You!

Chee Wang Ng 吳子雲
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